How Tech Tools Can Ward Off VPN’s Dark Side

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CEO Francis Dinha of OpenVPN explains the essential traits of a true online security platform. Unless the proper safeguards are in place, hackers and other bad actors can use VPN to engage in criminal activity.

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“To ensure the best security tools are pushed in your direction, you must first be proactive at pushing your information through a VPN that will protect your privacy,” Dinha says.

The idea that any of us has freedom on the public cloud is an illusion, says Francis Dinha, CEO of OpenVPN, creator of Private Tunnel for consumers and businesses. In fact, cybercriminals have built a network that practically guarantees our private information will be exposed, sold and misused without additional security measures.

“Hackers can now pinpoint your location down to your home address,” Dinha writes in a recent online column for the Forbes Technology Council. “Talk about a scary situation.”

In his column, Dinha explains why all internet users should only work with internet security firms that take three critical steps:

  •     Uphold the integrity of their services by strictly complying with federal laws protecting copyrighted information.
  •     Require customers to “pay to play,” forcing would-be perpetrators to reveal personal financial information that could be used to connect them to online crime sprees.
  •     Cooperate with law-enforcement agencies in response to legal court processes.

“To ensure the best security tools are pushed in your direction, you must first be proactive at pushing your information through a VPN that will protect your privacy,” Dinha says.

To learn more about the hidden risks of the internet, read Dinha’s column for the Forbes Technology Council or visit Private Tunnel.

Francis Dinha is available for interviews. For scheduling, contact nineveh(at)

About Private Tunnel
OpenVPN Technologies Inc has integrated a suite of leading-edge networking and software technologies to deliver virtual network software that provides secure, reliable, and scalable communication services, not only fulfilling the requirements of the traditional virtual private network (VPN) market, but also addressing the future demands of SDN – Software Defined Network, Remote Access to private Cloud/ networks, tunneling to UTM – Unified Threat Management Firewall Clouds/ Gateways, tunneling to DDOS Clouds/ Gateways to protect against malicious attacks. OpenVPN, our award-winning open source VPN protocol, has emerged to establish itself as a de-facto standard in the open source networking space with over 50 million downloads since inception. OpenVPN Technologies is the provider of next-generation secure and scalable communication services.

Following the successful inception of the OpenVPN Project in 2002, Francis Dinha and James Yonan co-founded OpenVPN Technologies, Inc. to secure a solid foundation for OpenVPN and further develop its commercial potential.

About OpenVPN
OpenVPN is a private company that enables consumers and businesses to leverage mobility, access, security and privacy to simplify IT. Google, Samsung, Amazon, HP, IBM, Trane, Universities, Public Schools and over 100,000 business are protected on premise, in the cloud, and in the field with OpenVPN software. They join over 3.6 million consumers who rely on our OpenVPN powered Private Tunnel service for increased security, privacy and access over the internet. We are based in Hacienda Business Park, Pleasanton California.

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Nineveh Madsen, Private Tunnel, OpenVPN Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
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